“It’s a beginning,” mused Miuccia Prada at the press conference on Prada’s spring/summer 2021 collection—the very first she created in unison with her new co-creative director, Raf Simons. With the Belgian designer at her side, Miuccia presented what Prada does best: a series of modern essentials.
The Prada logo took center stage. Hero pieces included sporty-chic, low-heel sling-backs, but it was the 925 sterling silver plaque studs and Symbole pendant earrings that really caught Prada fans’ beady eyes.
The jewels chimed with the logomania renaissance and proved an accessible way for Gen-Z customers to gain access to Miuccia x Raf. The punky studs were worn on different parts of the ear, offering a refreshingly contemporary—and instantly Instagrammable—styling trick. The swing tag versions, featuring a shimmering silver motif suspended upon a hoop earring, caused quite the commotion, too. The duo’s following autumn/winter 2021 collection solidified the logo plaque gems as a new-age Prada signature: the earrings reappeared in cherry-red and sunshine-yellow, offsetting the jazzy retro prints worn by the models.
Maybe the Zoom landscape and terms like “waist-up dressing” inspired the power pair to create jewels to suit our daily screen-bound fashion needs. Statement jewelry—specifically video call-friendly earrings—is an easy way to elevate any look, and provide the ultimate nod to your favorite brand. What’s more, the triangular emblem resonates with younger Prada fans, partly thanks to the resurgence of the well-loved Re-Nylon Re-Edition shoulder bags.
Trend follower Dua Lipa owns both the Symbole earrings and the Re-Edition bag. She wore the former for a series of holiday snaps, in which she also wears a pristine white mini from The Attico, Balenciaga shield sunglasses, and holographic flip-flop platforms. Elsewhere, Storm Reid wowed on the red carpet in showstopper custom eyelet-adorned Prada separates, fastening her hair in an incredible 13-foot braided ponytail to let her earrings shine.
It’s down to personal preference whether you pick the studs or the solo Symboles, but one thing’s for sure: both logo gems are a surefire summer winner.
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Originally published on Vogue.com